Looking Back: 11/28November 27, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Nov. 28, 1955
The public is invited to hear the well-known book reviewer, Mrs. Esther Skora, of Evansville, who will give a dramatic interpretation of the current book, “Tomorrow," at the Legion Home in Jasper tonight. The book was authored by Philip Wylie, an expert in civil defense who is serving as a consultant to the U.S. government. Mr. Wylie’s knowledge of the physical sciences, of warfare and especially of psychology, makes his official contribution unique. Mrs. Skora’s review is being sponsored by the Alpha Grandmothers’ Club of Jasper and because of its importance to our civil defense program, the public is urged to attend.
Fifteen queens have been chosen from Huntingburg and surrounding communities for the big Queens Day celebration sponsored by Huntingburg merchants on Saturday, Dec. 3. The queens are: Chrisney, Charlotte Fleischman; Eckerty, Ellender Gottfried; Ferdinand H.S., Bernice Begle; Ferdinand A.I.C., Sandra Burkhart; Selvin, Frances Henzman; Birdseye, Wanda Speedy; Dale, Fern Eberhardt; Dubois, Arlene Zeigler; Huntingburg, Clara Ann Bath; Winslow, Mary Deen; Otwell, Mary Lou Chamness; Holland, Anne Ambs; Jasper, Ann Fehribach; Ireland, Hazel Haycock; and Stendal, Myrna Katter.
Princeton turned on a devastating first-half attack last night that soon had Huntingburg pretty far removed from any serious contention and Bob Lochmueller’s Tigers copped their 1955-56 SIAC opener, 56-40, with a coast-through second half. Much harder to take than the outcome of this particular ball game, in which the veteran Tigers were a pronounced favorite (everywhere, that is, except on WAVE-TV’s pick ‘em program), was the loss of senior center Dave Leland. Big Dave reinjured his knee that was hurt in the football finale this fall, and he had to be carried from the floor in the second half. Word came after medical examination in the dressing room that Leland’s career as a Hunter basketballer was ended.
Hugo Songer, Jr., of Huntingburg is one of six straight-A students at Indiana University who will be honored at a dinner on Dec. 6 by Phi Beta Kappa, national honorary scholastic fraternity. Hugo is taking a business course. A 1948 graduate of Huntingburg high, he enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served three years, including 2 1/2 years in Japan. He received a personnel management specialist award, and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. Hugo Songer is interested in sports as well as studying, and played baseball with the Huntingburg Merchants and also one year with the Portersville Reds. Following his discharge from the Army, he tried out with the Milwaukee Braves but couldn’t quite cut the mustard.
Six more Jasper youths will be recipients of prizes from the Jasper Retail Merchants Association tomorrow as winners in the essay contest being sponsored by that group in connection with its weekly $6,400 Christmas parties. Last week’s winners included Judy Birge, Paul Doane, Donna Rowekamp, Joseph Theile, Eddie Yarbrough and Barbara Salb. Other winners last week included John Weidenbenner of Ireland, who was awarded both deluxe bicycles; Shirley Brescher, who was the recipient of the completely installed television set, and F. E. Simon of Detroit, Michigan, who took home the power mower. Mr. Simon shopped in Jasper Friday and Saturday while visiting his son, a student at the seminary at West Baden.
Since the state has decided to issue only back automobile license plates for 1956, Jasper’s Jaycees are selling plates to take up vacant space in the front, advertising the city. Tom Berger, Jaycee president, is pictured selling the first plate to Ernest “Red” Lannan, who happened to be in the building when the Jaycees held their regular meeting Thursday night. The plates are the same size as the license plates and are the same colors, yellow letters on a blue background. The plates read: JASPER Wood Furniture Capitol. They sell for $1 each.
50 Years Ago
Nov. 30, 1970
Charles “Butch” Betz, a 1966 graduate of Jasper High School and holder of the JHS single game scoring record (38) led a group of former Wildcats representing the J-Men Lettermen Club to a thrilling 81-80 come-from-behind victory over the N-Men Lettermen Club of Evansville North Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 500 fans at the JHS gym. It was the first game for the J-Men team, coached by Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill and Louis “Nip” Wuchner, and the team appeared well-coached as they worked on defense in a tight zone and then worked the ball well on offense for good shots against the younger, and faster, North team. Betz led all scorers with 23 points, including seven field goals and nine free throws. Dave Luegers was next with 17, Chesty Luegers followed with 14 and Gabe Mehringer added 10. In an exciting 10-minute game at halftime a group of “older” oldtimers, coached by Willie Wuchner defeated a similar team coached by Nigg Pfeffer, 12-6.
The Academy of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand will combine the celebration of the dedication of MaDonna Hall, a new dormitory, and its centenary celebration on Sunday, Dec. 6. The blessing of the building and Holy Mass with the Most Rev. Francis Shea, Bishop of Evansville, celebrating will begin at 10:30 Sunday morning. Over 2,000 invitations to dinner have been issued. A centennial program for the public will be held in the MaDonna Hall Chapel at three o’clock and 7:30 p.m. The public is also invited for open house tours. From a small beginning in October of 1870 when the Sisters of St. Benedict opened a boarding school for three girls in Ferdinand, the Academy has developed into a four-year secondary institution accredited by the State of Indiana and presently applying for North Central accreditation. The A.I.C. Alumnae lists over 1,500 women who have attended the school during those 100 years.
The Jasper seventh and eighth grade basketball teams from 10 Street School won two games against Washington Junior High Tuesday night. The seventh-graders posted a 42-37 victory while the eighth-graders won, 49-37. Brad Voegerl led the seventh graders with 16 points, Jim Schultheis chipped in with 14 and Jim Cassidy 10, plus 17 rebounds. Larry Giesler scored 22 points and Jeff Rohleder added 12 to lead the eighth-graders to victory.
The Holy Family Owls whipped the Celestine Jets twice Wednesday at the Dubois High School gym. The seventh-graders won 31-18, and the eighth-graders were victorious, 49-32. Steve O’Brien led the seventh-graders with 15 points. Bernie Merkel and Steve Haase each had five for Celestine. Ron Giesler topped the scoring for the eighth-graders with 15 points for Holy Family, Ron Fleck followed with 13. Rick Kempf also had 13 for Celestine.
Cyril “Toots” Haller, 74, owner and operator of the Rustic north of Jasper, died of a heart attack at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at his cottage at Jasper Lake. Mr. Haller, a World War I veteran, had been operating the Rustic, a popular dining and dancing facility, for about 30 years years. He was also a partner in the Dubois County Beverage Company, which he served as vice president.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Back on March 5, 1915, the Jasper Wildcats played the Mt. Vernon Wildcats for the first time in history. They met in the Evansville sectional tournament and Mt. Vernon posted a 40-34 victory to knock Jasper out of tournament play. In that game, a Jasper forward by the name of Everett Whitten scored 30 of Jasper’s 34 points for a JHS scoring record which held for many years before gunners such as Gary Phillips, Don Bates, Chesty Luegers, Bob Merder and Butch Betz started rewriting the records. At the time, it was a bitter loss for Jasper and the Jasper fans had to wait a long time for revenge. In fact, there weren’t too many fans still around when Jasper and Mt. Vernon met for the second time. That was on Dec. 6, 1969, when the two groups of Wildcats played at the Jasper gym, almost 55 years after they first met in Evansville. Jasper finally got revenge with a 78-51 victory.
It was announced this morning by Don Streicher, who operates the Don Streicher Construction Company at 23rd and Mill streets in Jasper, and Jerry Messmer, who for the past year and a half has been manager of the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning division of the firm, that Messmer will in the future operate the division in his own name. Messmer’s operation will be housed in the building at Ninth and Vine streets, which was formerly used as the I. & S. truck terminal. He will continue to handle the Lennox line of heating and air-conditioning equipment.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 4, 1995
In the midst of a nationwide revival of small-town living, Jasper jumped from 39th to 25th in the second edition of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America. The book, first published in 1993, serves as a guide for big-city residents looking to escape to a new life filled with clean air, safe streets, good schools and friendly neighbors — a way of life that in the first addition, author Norman Crampton said was in danger of disappearing. “Luring young people back home is critical for a small town,” Crampton writes. “Without a constant infusion of young blood and new ideas, a town can wither.”
The Dubois County Commissioners will hold a public meeting Thursday evening to discuss the feasibility of adopting a county comprehensive planning and zoning ordinance. Keith Lochmueller, president of Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates of Evansville, and attorney Les Shively will present information and answer questions about the implementation of such a plan. The county may hire Lochmueller to conduct studies for developing a comprehensive plan if residents express an interest in one. The meeting will be held at the Jasper Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Southeast at-large school board member Pat Tretter stepped down from his post Tuesday night, after 19 1/2 years of service. Citing personal reasons, Tretter submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 31, to Superintendent Bill Rohl at the board’s regular meeting, where colleagues said he’ll be greatly missed. “I just hate to see you go now, but I can understand it,” board president Stan Fischer said. Fischer said the board will miss Tretter’s construction expertise and his commitment to putting students’ needs first. “Pat’s the kind of guy you just can’t fill his shoes,” Rohl said following the meeting. Those interested in filling the vacancy can contact Fischer through the corporation office at 367-1653. The remaining board members will name a replacement.
He looks and acts like any other ordinary teenager. But beneath the veneer of an average, happy-go-lucky, 15-year-old Faruk Mujezinovic, a freshman at Jasper High School, lies a soul touched by the trauma of a horrible war that has raged in his native Bosnia for nearly four years. “It’s like hell,” says Mujezinovic, a Muslim. After arriving in America, he was lonely and unhappy in Georgia, two months ago. He called his cousin, Harris, a junior who plays basketball at IU. “I wanted to be closer to my family,” says Mujezinovic, who also plays basketball at Jasper. IU officials and assistant coach Dan Dakich found him a home in Jasper (with Mike and Annette Kugler) through their dealings with IU recruit Michael Lewis and his father Denny, the Jasper athletic director.
Gauging public opinion for a countywide comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance could be a tough task for the Dubois County commissioners, who held an informational meeting on the topic Thursday night. More than 100 people attended the forum in the Jasper Civic Auditorium, where audience responses ranged from supportive to adamantly opposed. County officials have been exploring the option of a comprehensive plan because there are currently few restrictions for development outside of incorporated areas and residents have little control over development on neighboring property, commissioner Jim Kemper stated.
David A. Henson, A.I.A., has joined Donan Engineering Co. Inc., as a senior project manager. He will be responsible for building design, project development and construction observations. Henson is a registered architect in Indiana and has more than 10 years experience in architectural design. He is a member of the Indiana Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. He lives in Petersburg with his wife, Clara, and their two children, Nicholas and Ali.
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